The Reproductive Process
- Posted on: Jul 15 2019
If you are trying to have a baby, understanding what you need to do and how your choices affect your fertility can be overwhelming. There’s a lot of information out there regarding health and fertility, and often it’s best to talk to a professional. We can help you straighten out what is going on and what is really affecting your fertility. Keep reading to learn about the reproductive process in a quick overview.
Understanding the female reproductive system may not be easy. It is a complex system that involves continuous communication between the brain centers and the ovary. Hormones also play a part as they can help regulate your monthly cycle.
The main function of your ovaries is to produce eggs and hormones. When women are born, their ovaries contain thousands of immature eggs that will last throughout the lifetime. In essence the eggs you’re born with are all the eggs you’ll have. These eggs undergo a process of development and loss until you reach menopause.
Estrogen is at its lowest point on the first day of your period. And when estrogen level is low, the pituitary is signaled to secrete hormones which then stimulate the growth of ovarian follicles.
The second half of the menstrual cycle begins with ovulation and lasts approximately two weeks. During this period, changes occur which will support the fertilized egg (embryo) if pregnancy does occur. The lining of your uterus prepares each month for the implantation of an embryo. This preparation occurs under the influence of estrogen and progesterone from the ovary. Therefore, hormones still play a crucial role in pregnancy.
For you to get pregnant, a few things must occur. First, sperm must be deposited and transported to the site of fertilization. Ovulation must also happen. Last, the sperm and egg must unite. If none of these happen, pregnancy will not happen.
We can help you clarify what may be causing fertility issues and create a plan to resolve those issues. Give us a call at 214-544-6600 to learn more. We would love to help you understand more about your fertility and how we can help you conceive.
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